By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 6/16/2019
Occurred: 2/29/2016
Posted: 3/10/2016
Topics/Keywords: #Geology #NewMexico #Photography #Shiprock #Travel Page Views: 797
Stunning photos of one of New Mexico's most amazing geological wonders.

Keith and his twin brother, Chris, wanted to make a trip to Shiprock, New Mexico, to visit with their family there; and they graciously invited me along.

This was my second trip to Shiprock, and I was happy to spend an hour examining the nominal geological icon.

In northwest New Mexico, there are many isolated hills or outcroppings called monadnocks. These were found south of the town of Shiprock, between the towns of Newcomb and Little Water.

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But the monadnock known as Shiprock is in a class by itself, for size, beauty, and visual accessibility, as it can be seen from almost everywhere in the town of Shiprock.

Keith on the hill behind his parents' house.

Keith on the hill behind his parents' house.

This view of Shiprock was taken from Keith's parents' porch. (That's Keith's brother, Chris, on his way back from a stroll.

The horizontal sheets of rock are called dikes; and this dike is called Shiprock's "tail".

The vertical sheets of rock that make up the bulk of Shiprock are called sails.

Another monadnock from the Shiprock area.

Another monadnock from the Shiprock area.

Finally, returning to Arizona, we came upon more familiar geological layering.